Lincoln Park Zoo

Type: Zoos

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Best Attractions & Activities: An ape house, birdhouse and a working model of a five-acre Midwestern farm are just a few examples of what makes this zoo special. Founded in 1868 and known as America's oldest free public zoo, the Lincoln Park Zoo still manages to charge no admission and remains open year-round. Set on scenic park grounds with lush lawns and pleasant walkways, the zoo greets visitors with the beauty of Georgian Revival buildings and a spectacular greenhouse. Prominent zoo residents include elephants, giraffes, sea lions, gorillas, reptiles and the Red Wolf, now one of the most endangered canids in the world. Where else can you see a lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec on Thanksgiving Day or a playful polar bear in the middle of July? The Zoo constantly hosts events and activities so check the web site.

Free Things to Do: An ape house, a birdhouse and a working model of a five-acre Midwestern farm are just a few examples of what makes this zoo special. Founded in 1868 and known as America's oldest free public zoo, the Lincoln Park Zoo still manages to charge no admission and remains open year-round. Set on scenic park grounds with lush lawns and pleasant walkways, the zoo greets visitors with the beauty of Georgian Revival buildings and a spectacular greenhouse. See a white blotched river stingray in a rainforest habitat; a dynamic, new exhibit home to African penguins; snap a selfie at the swan pond; and then there are the elephants, giraffes, sea lions, gorillas and reptiles. The Zoo is open 365 days a year and constantly hosts events and activities.

Things to Do with Kids: An ape house, a birdhouse and a working model of a five-acre Midwestern farm are just a few examples of what makes this zoo special. Founded in 1868 and known as America's oldest free public zoo, the Lincoln Park Zoo still manages to charge no admission and remains open year-round. Set on scenic park grounds with lush lawns and pleasant walkways, the zoo greets visitors with the beauty of Georgian Revival buildings and a spectacular greenhouse. Prominent zoo residents include elephants, giraffes, sea lions, gorillas, reptiles and an endangered Siberian tiger. The Zoo is open 365 days a year and constantly hosts events and activities.


Address

2200 N Cannon Dr
Chicago, IL 60614

Map / Directions
312-742-2000


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Expert Tips by Jacky Runice

Chicago Local Expert

Best Attractions & Activities: "Check the website for announcements on new arrivals. Everyone loves furry or feathered newborns."

Free Things to Do: "Check the website for announcements on newborns."

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The free zoo is set within the heart of Chicago and is open 365 days. Visitors can enjoy seeing the animals in award-winning habitats.

Best for Free Things to Do Because: The free zoo, open every day of the year, is in a picturesque setting with lush lawns and award-winning habitats.

Expert Tips by Megy Karydes

Chicago Local Expert

Things to Do with Kids: "Check the website for announcements on new arrivals. Everyone loves those newborns!"

Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: The free zoo is set within the heart of Chicago and is open 365 days. Visitors can enjoy seeing the animals in award-winning habitats.

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